The Good Wife recap: State of the Union

Alicia takes on a case as a favor to her mother and Peter asks Alicia to renew their vows 
Ep. 21 | Aired Apr 21, 2013

NEGATIVE NANCY Mamie Gummer returns as lawyer Nancy Crozier, the thorn in Alicia's side during the case of the week

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It seems like just yesterday we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Kalinda's husband during the season 4 premiere of The Good Wife. That story line didn't really pan out, but still, I can't believe we've already reached the penultimate episode. Unfortunately, "A More Perfect Union" was about as underwhelming as Mr. Kalinda Sharma. Things moved too slowly, and again, there was no Eli Gold! That said, I think the writers held back a little bit to lay the groundwork for what's sure to be an exciting finale. So let's get to recapping, and begin our countdown to the conclusion of season 4!

The episode opened up with Alicia and Owen (Dallas Roberts) catching up at the funeral of one of their mother's acquaintances. Owen -- who's been loyal to Team Will, along with Veronica -- attempted to convince Alicia to listen to her body and finally give Will a chance. Owen pointed out Alicia's flawed reasoning for ending things with Will in the first place: Alicia was worried that her relationship with Will wouldn't be a long-term thing, so she ended it before it ever had a chance to become one.

Anyway, Alicia and Owen quickly learned that Veronica had ulterior motives for requesting their presence at the funeral. The wife of the deceased, Charlene (Cara Buono), had a bit of legal trouble with her company, and Veronica had promised Alicia's services. Alicia clearly had no idea what was going on when Charlene and her co-worker Eugene (Fran Kranz) approached Alicia about the case, but she's the good wife after all, and she agreed to help. Charlene, Eugene, & Co. were all coders for the software developer Blowtorch. The employees were overworked in an effort to finish new software, and Charlene's husband fell asleep at the wheel on his way home. Alicia was enlisted to make sure the new contracts Blowtorch wanted them to sign would protect them.

Enter the infuriating Nancy Crozier (Mamie Gummer), who was representing Blowtorch. Alicia was surprised to see Nancy in the office, since she'd only agreed to look at contracts, not take the lead on the case. Further complicating matters, once Will, Diane, and David Lee caught wind of the case, they asked Alicia to shut it down because they received a cease and desist letter from Blowtorch. They were worried about the company's connections with Chum Hum.

NEXT: Alicia and Cary battle Nancy in court

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